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Theone Ruth Allen Gestwicki

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Gestwicki, Theone Ruth Allen

Theone Ruth Allen Gestwicki, age 89, passed away on December 21, 2012. Toni or Nonie as her family called her, was a life long resident of her beloved Painted Post. She was predeceased by her husband Ralph and granddaughter Lorilee Cavallaro. She is survived by her son Ralph (Bonnie) and daughters Lora ( Nick Cavallaro) and Rachel (Stan Van Etten) She leaves behind her grandchildren, Kristy O' Reilly. Nicholas Cavallaro, Amanda (Jasper Akerboom) Cavallaro and Molly (Neil Johnson). She also leaves behind her great-grand children Nicholas Cavallaro, Megan O' Reilly, Cora Johnson and Emma Johnson, and a brother Jay Allen (Shirley), as well as close family friends Walt and Vicki Cunningham. Theone was a graduate of Alfred University and a retired English teacher at Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights. Nonnie had a passion for dolls. She rescued them, sewed many outfits and gave them a new life. Gardening was an endearing pastime. In the last few years she read several accounts of Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Anyone who ever knew Toni could see the influence they had on her. Her quilting and embroidery were beautifully crafted. Once the president of the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society, she also served as a docent and hearth cook. Toni was also a fervent fan of the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Bills. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were very important to her as her children grew up. Anyone who read her writing or poetry would attest to her way with words. Her love of reading also led to her involvement with the Southeast Steuben County Library. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers a donation to either the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society or the Southeast Steuben County Library. Interment will be in the Tyrone NY Cemetery. A Red Solo Cup memorial party for family and friends will be held Saturday, December 29 from 1 to 3 at the Marconi Lodge in Corning.

Published in Star-Gazette on Dec. 27, 2012
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